Friday, August 24, 2012

A beautiful day.

Yesterday was Bella's first day of CC. She goes from 9am-12pm on Thursdays, and then everyone eats lunch together and plays afterward. She has a tutor that leads the class, and parents go along as well, so that we can continue the learning at home during the week.

Some of you have been asking about Classical Conversations, so I have included a link, and a description of it, if you are interested. The following text is taken directly from the CC website.

 
The purpose of education is to know God and to make Him known. Our purpose is to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning needed to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation and to inspire others to do the same.

We believe parents are their children’s primary teachers not because parents know everything but because each child is uniquely (and wonderfully!) made and because the people who know and love a child best are the ones most motivated to help that child succeed.

CC combines classical learning and a biblical worldview. Classical Conversations’ programs model the three stages of classical learning—grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. Using age appropriate methods, children are taught the tools for studying any subject.
 
The Classical model emphasizes mastery of facts during the early years. This gives students a foundation on which to build later learning and a solid framework where ideas can be categorized and compared as students mature. (For more information on the classical education model, read Dorothy Sayers’ essay The Lost Tools of Learning.)
Proverbs 24:3-4, identifies
three stages of learning:
Classical education calls
these stages:
Classical Conversations
models each stage in:
Knowledge
Understanding
Wisdom
Grammar
Dialectic
Rhetoric
Foundations, Essentials
Essentials, Challenge A & B
Challenge Levels I, II, III & IV
 

Ok, so there it is. This is our second year in CC. We truly enjoy the community of friends and relationships we have made, and love knowing that we are not alone in this homeschool adventure.



 


After school, we went swimming. We are taking full advantage of the beautiful pre-hurricane weather that we have right now. It was breezy and warm, with clear skies. And then Bryan dared to say the "F" word. "It feels like Fall is coming" he said. And then I replied "whoohoo!" and drifted away into my thoughts of cinnamon candles, pumpkin pie, apple cider, fall centerpieces and deep colors of orange, brown and red.... and I smile just thinking about it.

Grady is excited for Fall too!

 He has improved his swimming skills so much this summer. 

 
"Don't touch my durls!"


Bella was getting a sea turtle ride, Milo and Otis style.
 



This fun dad trick has become a fast favorite. It's the seated throw. And they love it. Actually, Bella loves it. Grady and Lilly enjoy the modified version, which should be called the seated up and down.
Here it is, in slow-mo.





 
Ta Da!


 
After a while we were all laying down, and looking up at the sky. It was a beautiful day!
 
 

 A big "thank you" to our friends for sharing your beautiful pool with us! I left you a pair of earrings in the deep end as a thank you gift. Waaa.

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